Our bodies are up against toxins in our environment every day. It’s a miracle we’ve made it this far with how much we are polluting our world. It just shows our resiliency, and I truly believe that if we’ve gotten ourselves in to this mess, we can get ourselves out.
One of those toxins is heavy metals. They are everywhere, especially in our air because of all the ways heavy metals are released into the atmosphere (factories, smelting, mining, refineries, coal burning, petroleum combustion, and almost any kind of processing plant, plus so many more) and in our water system due to industrial and agricultural waste, polluted ground water and acid rain. This is a real issue, there are heavy metals everywhere and we are taking them in every day. Thankfully, there is a way to get them out!
So why do we want heavy metals out of our system? According to Medical Medium on his website:
“… toxic heavy metals can oxidize, causing damage to surrounding tissue and promoting inflammation. They literally poison our bodies, and can inflict damage on virtually every system and organ, including our brain, liver, digestive system, and other parts of our nervous system. Toxic heavy metals put an immense burden on our immune system, leaving us vulnerable to a variety of illnesses.
While toxins of every kind are harmful, heavy metals pose a unique threat. Not only are they damaging in their own right, they are also a form of neurotoxin (a poison that disrupts nerve function and confuses your immune system). Heavy metal neurotoxins can inflame and irritate our central nervous system (especially our brain), causing multiple symptoms such as memory loss, brain fog, fatigue, and depression. Toxic heavy metals can also promote inflammation in the digestive tract, releasing poisons into our gut as well. As if this isn’t bad enough, heavy metals also serve as a source of food for viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other pathogens in our body.
Ok, so let’s get them out!
The Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie is a quick to make, refreshing smoothie that contains the 5 key ingredients that help to remove heavy metals out of the system:
barley grass juice powder
There are other ingredients that Medical Medium recommends in specific amounts. For the full Medical Medium recipe for the Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie, click here.
For me personally, I feel that as long as I have the 5 key ingredients, my smoothie can have what I like in it! But I do think the orange juice is key, it helps with the green taste of the powders. I’ve made it with other juices and it’s just not the same!
I’ve created my own rendition that works well for me. I make about a 40 oz smoothie every morning and divide it in half for my husband and I. I usually drink it after my first morning yoga class that I’ve taught, which is around 10am. On morning that I don’t teach, I’ll have it about 2 hours after I’ve had some fruit for breakfast.
Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie
Ingredients: (makes 2 servings)
2 cups orange juice
1-2 cups frozen wild blueberries (sometimes I use a tsp of wild blueberry powder)
2 tsp Hawaiian spirulina
2 tsp Vimergy barley grass juice powder
1 small handful cilantro (usually about 1/4-1/2 cup)
1 tsp dulse flakes (if you have the dulse chunks, do a few pieces)
Frozen fruit to your liking. This is where I add in frozen mango, frozen pineapple, frozen strawberries, frozen raspberries, or frozen cherries. I usually do about 2-3 cups total.
Blend until smooth. This should make about 40 oz, for 2-20 oz smoothies. Drink daily!